The South-Central Kansas Library System recently announced the recipient of the annual "Libraries Transform Grant." The purpose of the grant was to provide a South-Central Kansas Library System member with a matching grant up to $25,000 towards a project or program to change and/or enhance opportunities for all stakeholders who have access to the library.

In November, Mary Kay Raple and Allison O'Brien presented the grant proposal to the Board of Education and requested a matching commitment from the BOE in the event that the grant was awarded to USD 440. Their presentation highlighted a list of potential improvements to the Halstead High School library including technology enhancements, collaboration stations, improved lighting, new furniture, as well as after school programs. Input and ideas were gathered from the students, staff and community members.

USD 440 and Halstead High School were selected as one of the grant recipients for the 2019-2020 school year. This opportunity will allow Halstead High School to enhance the learning space within the library, evolving the space to meet the instructional needs of a 21st century media center.